Avery Johnson has been reluctant to play Brook Lopez and Andray Blatche together. Blatche, who's filled in for Lopez when injured, is the second unit's leading scorer, but now, Johnson has changed his mind. Perhaps it was Blatche's posterization of Spencer Hawes or his no-look pass in transition or his moment as a point center.

Whatever it was, Johnson told beat reporters Monday that he expects to play the two together and soon, perhaps in the back-to-back the Nets have Tuesday and Wednesday.

That was one of several pieces of news tweeted out of practice by Tim Bontemps and Mike Mazzeo. Kris Humphries will be going for an MRI after experiencing abdominal pain and Johnson said that he expects Toko Shengelia will see a few more minutes a game on the second unit. Shengelia, the youngest Net at 21, can play either forward position but the Nets had him at small forward in Springfield Friday. He wound up with a triple double and only two blocks and two steals short of a 5x5.

As for trade speculation, Deron Williams said, cool it.